John Farrell (manager)

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John Farrell
John Farrell 7-27-13.jpg
Farrell in 2013
Boston Red Sox – No. 53
Pitcher / Manager
Born: (1962-08-04) August 4, 1962 (age 52)
Monmouth Beach, New Jersey
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 18, 1987 for the Cleveland Indians
Last MLB appearance
May 22, 1996 for the Detroit Tigers
Career statistics
(through September 28, 2014)
Win–loss record 36–46
Earned run average 4.56
Strikeouts 355
Games managed 648
Win–loss record 322-326
Winning % .497

As player

As coach

As manager

Career highlights and awards

John Edward Farrell (born August 4, 1962) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher and the current manager of the Boston Red Sox. Farrell served as the Red Sox pitching coach from 2007 to 2010, before leaving to be manager of the Toronto Blue Jays from 2011 to 2012. He returned to the Red Sox in 2013 and led them to a World Series title that year.

Early life[edit]

Farrell grew up in Monmouth Beach, New Jersey.[1] His father Tom pitched in the Cleveland Indians farm system in the 1950s until an injury ended his baseball career. John Farrell was a star pitcher for Shore Regional High School and Oklahoma State, where he had a 20-6 record one season.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Upon graduating from high school in 1980, Farrell was drafted by the Oakland Athletics, but he did not sign.[2] Four years later, after graduating from college, he was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the second round of the 1984 Draft. He made his major league debut with the Indians on August 18, 1987, playing for them until the 1990 season.

Farrell enjoyed success as part of the Cleveland starting rotation, but injuries to his right elbow caused him to miss the entire 1991 and 1992 seasons. He returned to action with the California Angels (1993–1994), again with Cleveland (1995), and finished his career with the Detroit Tigers (1996).

Post-playing career[edit]

In 1997, Farrell joined his alma mater Oklahoma State University as assistant coach and pitching and recruiting coordinator. He remained with the college through 2001.

From November 2001 through the end of the 2006 season, Farrell served as the director of player development for the Cleveland Indians. In 2003 and 2004, the Indians were named MLB Organization of the Year by USA Today's Sports Weekly. In 2003, it was also named as having the top farm system in professional baseball by Baseball America.

Following the 2006 season, the Boston Red Sox hired Farrell as its new pitching coach, replacing Dave Wallace. Farrell rejoined Red Sox manager Terry Francona, as they had been teammates together on the Indians.[3]

Toronto Blue Jays[edit]

During the 2010 off-season, Farrell was rumoured to be one of four finalists for the job of manager of Toronto Blue Jays, along with Brian Butterfield, DeMarlo Hale, and Sandy Alomar, Jr. [4] The Blue Jays held a press conference on October 25, 2010, formally introducing Farrell as the team's manager for the 2011 season.[5]

Farrell, during his Blue Jays tenure

Farrell suffered a dislocated jaw while attempting to restrain pitcher Jon Rauch from going after umpire Alfonso Marquez,[6] during a game on July 2, 2011. Both Rauch and Farrell were ejected from the game.[7]

On August 25, 2011, during a home game against the Kansas City Royals, Farrell was forced to leave the dugout in the ninth inning due to a then unknown illness. He was later diagnosed with pneumonia at Mount Sinai Hospital, and was released from the hospital on August 26.[8]

Boston Red Sox[edit]

On October 20, 2012, it was reported that Farrell had asked to be allowed to interview for the manager position with the Boston Red Sox. The next day the Blue Jays officially confirmed Farrell had accepted the manager position with Boston.[9] In the same transaction, Toronto sent pitcher David Carpenter to Boston in exchange for infielder Mike Avilés.[9] On October 22, 2013, Farrell was named Sporting News' 2013 AL Manager of the Year.[10] In 2013, Farrell became the fifth first year Red Sox manager to win the A.L. pennant. The Boston Red Sox subsequently went on to win the 2013 World Series, going from worst to first under Farrell in just a year's time. It was also the first time in 95 years that the Red Sox won the Series at home, the last time being the 1918 World Series.[11]

Personal life[edit]

John Farrell and his wife Sue have three sons, all of whom were selected in the MLB Draft. Jeremy, an infielder, went to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2008 in the eighth round after playing at Virginia. He now plays in the Chicago White Sox minor league system. Shane, a right-handed pitcher out of Marshall, was taken in the 46th round by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2011, and now works for the Chicago Cubs in their baseball operations department. Finally, their youngest, Luke, a Northwestern right-hander, was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the sixth round of the 2013 draft.[12]

Managerial records[edit]

As of January 2, 2015
Team From To Regular season record Post–season record
W L Win % W L Win %
Toronto Blue Jays 2011 2012 154 170 .475 0 0 .000
Boston Red Sox 2013 168 156 .519 11 5 .688
Total 322 326 .497 11 5 .688


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Dave Wallace
Boston Red Sox pitching coach
Succeeded by
Curt Young
Preceded by
Cito Gaston
Toronto Blue Jays Manager
Succeeded by
John Gibbons
Preceded by
Bobby Valentine
Boston Red Sox Manager
Succeeded by
Current Manager